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War Horse--National Theatre Live Production

By nprotheroe
Written March 23, 2014
Loved it, loved it!!! I laughed, held my breath, and cried. The staging was incredible--imaginative and creating a perfect setting for the play. And the puppets were astonishing. I remember when I first read about the play years ago, the idea of horse puppets didn't draw me to see the play. Then I saw the PBS special on Making of War Horse and was hooked. Oops, mustn't forget the music, in particular the solo singer. Each of the song interludes was beautiful, with the threading of music through the production haunting. All in all, it was a magical experience. One caution--not for children.
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Magic on Stage

By neilr1
Written March 19, 2014
War Horse is a magical look at a boy and his horse during WWI that will pull your heart strings. It is a visual masterpiece. Don't miss this one.
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The only thing better would have been being there!

By bbcgrrrl
Written March 23, 2014
If you can't find the dosh or time to fly across the pond to see a National Theatre production live, this is as close as you're going to get. And is is AMAZING! This is no "one camera, set it, and forget it" filming of a live theatrical production. This is a multi-camera, incredibly well thought out, moving experience. This format allows theatre fans to experience great theatre at an affordable price. This production of "War Horse" was inventive, ingenious, and brilliantly acted. With little to no set, the lighting and bare minimum suggestion of structures conveys a sense of place and time. The horses breath and move so realistically, one forgets that they are actually puppets! Do yourself a favour and see ANY filmed National Theatre production!
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WAR HORSE

By maureenmccabe
Written February 28, 2014
THIS WAS AMAZING! I FELT LIKE I WAS IN THE THEATER. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE GONE TO SEE A PLAY IN A MOVIES THEATER. THE PRODUCTION WAS EXCELLENT THE STORY WAS WONDERFUL. THEY CALLED THE HORSES "PUPPETS" BUT IT FELT MORE LIKE THEY WERE CAST MEMBERS / ACTORS. THE HORRORS OF WW I AND WHAT BOTH MEN AND HORSES WENT THROUGH WAS EXPRESSED SO WELL WITHOUT BEING VISUALLY GRIZZLY. I HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IT TO FRIENDS TO GO SEE, AND I WOULD GO TO SEE OTHER THEATER EVENTS LIKE THIS
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War Horse

By marthakle
Written February 28, 2014
This is the most powerful (overused word, but so appropriate here) war movie/play I've ever seen. I can't believe how much the stylized presentation created a greater imaginative space than any realistic presentation could have. I was exhausted and thrilled by the play.
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